Poul Anderson's Tau Zero is an outstanding work of science fiction, in part because it combines two qualities that are often at odds in this genre: an interest in the emotional lives of its characters and a fascination with all things technological and scientific. In Tau Zero these components are not merely fused; they work together with a remarkable synergy that makes the novel much more than just a deep space adventure story.
The maiden voyage of an innovative new ship built specially for interstellar flight takes a unexpected and disastrous turn for the worse when she crashes into an unknown object, rendering her unable to decelerate. The only hope, in fact, is for the ship to speed up.
Felt I had to post a review because a) I just finished it and b) Mr Bielby used the word "fun" in his. I don't think that really applies. Tau... [more]
Posted 02 Jun 10:38 by Sarah Binney ¤ Verdict: ★★★★★